Best Starts for Kids Will Provide King County Children Early Learning Opportunities

Media Contact: Brendan Daly (202.794.1580)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 5, 2015) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) today applauded the passage this week of Best Starts for Kids, King County Proposition 1, which will improve the health and well-being of King County residents and help families prepare children to succeed in school, by expanding access to early learning and intervention programs for children age 5 and under.

“I am thrilled that King County voters prioritized kids and high-quality early childhood education,” said Mark Shriver, president of SCAN. “These early learning interventions are the most effective way to ensure our kids are put on a path to success. By focusing on early development, with strategies such as increased access to affordable, healthy foods and flexible funding to prevent youth from becoming homeless, we can better prevent crises from occurring and support communities in creating and sustaining positive change.”

Best Starts for Kids will deliver safer, healthier communities and a better-prepared workforce. Studies show increased investments in early childhood result in increased numbers of babies born at healthy weights, reduced numbers of abused, neglected and homeless children and decreased numbers of young people in the criminal justice system.

Last month, SCAN launched a voter contact campaign, including direct mail to more than 130,000 households in King County, targeted door-to-door canvassing, and volunteer phone calls to more than 1,300 households to support Best Starts for Kids.

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Save the Children Action Network is the political voice for kids. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. That’s why we’re building bipartisan will and voter support to make sure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning and that no mother or child around the globe dies from a preventable disease or illness. By investing in kids and holding leaders accountable, we are helping kids from birth to age five survive and thrive.